The new Page 3 fixture
Himalayan News Service
Page 3” is only his debut film, but model-turned-actor Jay Kalra already exudes the confidence of an established professional, having worked with two National Award winners, Madhur Bhandarkar and Konkona Sensharma. Rubbishing the contention that models cannot act, Jay, in an interview to Bollywood portal Glamsham, cited the examples of Dino Morea, John Abraham and others who have done well in the field despite being models. Excerpts from the interview:
How did “Page 3” happen to you?
“Page 3” happened when I met Bhandarkar for the first time. It was like a fan meeting his favourite hero. I really didn’t expect that I would get a call from his office the very next day.
Describe the role.
The role is of a middle class boy hailing from a small town, who wants to make it as a supermodel in Mumbai at any cost. He is prepared to do anything to make it big and starts attending Page 3 parties. He is eternally on the lookout for someone who can help him reach his desired goal and stumbles upon a journalist, (played by Konkona Sen), with whom he cultivates a relationship.
Do you agree with the belief that a majority of models are non-actors?
Things are changing in recent times with artistes like John Abraham, Dino Morea and hordes of models-turned-actors making their presence felt on the scene. Besides, I have had a fair exposure to theatre in Delhi.